What Do You Want from Your Parish? Worship

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Friends, as some of you know, my partner-in-geekdom Sarah Reinhard and I will be speaking at the upcoming Religious Education Congress for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. For one of our two talks, we need your input. I thought I would break our “needs” down into a weeklong series of blog posts and invite your conversation on each of the five topics.

One of the goals of this talk is to share with the participants specific feedback from the faithful in the pews on ways in which Catholic parishes can support and sustain families in their Domestic Churches. We are going to look at five specific areas:

  1. Worship (Mass, the Eucharist, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament)
  2. Sacramental Preparation
  3. Religious Education (not specifically related to sacrament prep, but rather broader education, including things like preschool, whole family catechesis, bible study, etc.)
  4. Ministries (within and outside of the parish)
  5. “Miscellaneous” including social, administrative and communications initiatives

Today, we will launch the conversation with the all-important topic of Worship. I am going to throw open the comments and really BEG you to tell me what you would ask of your pastor if he asked you, “What do you want from your parish in the arena of worship? How can we serve your family and draw you into a more fruitful relationship with Jesus Christ and his Church?

Please include your comments below or feel free to email me at lisahendey@gmail.com. And if you’d really like my unending gratitude, record a one minute video answering this question and email it to me. In order for our talk to be a good resource for those attending, your feedback is essential and greatly appreciated!

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Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at www.LisaHendey.com for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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